If you think wireless networks are invisible, think again. Researcher and artist Luis Hernan has captured the ‘ghost’ of the wireless world with his paranormal camera.
Hernan’s Digital Ethereal project was billed as “a design exploration of wireless”. The concept of the project was to unveil the secrets hidden within the wireless world by illuminating the invisible infrastructure of wireless networks surrounding us.
Currently pursuing his PhD in architecture and interaction design at Newcastle University, UK, Hernan believes the electromagnetic signals surrounding us “can be characterised in the same term as that with ghosts and spectra”. This inspired him to use the techniques of Kirlian photography (which is frequently referred to as ‘paranormal photography’).
Hernan modified his Kirlian device into an instrument that scans and translate wireless signal into colour LEDs. Along with a long-exposure camera, Hernan was able to capture the wireless network on film, and the results are breathtaking (check them out below).
He even released an Android app, Kirlian Device mobile (available at the Google Play market) that allows anyone to capture the WiFi networks surrounding them.
Similar to the Kirlian device, the app transforms your Android into a device that can capture wireless ‘spirit’.